As a full time student and working professional, Richard (Rick) Schumacher has faced and overcome many obstacles. He currently maintains a 4.0 GPA while excelling in his career and raising a daughter with his wonderful wife. Life was not always this positive, however. Growing up, Richard’s mother was a severe drug user, disabled and frequently unemployed, resulting in constant moving and insecurity in his youth.
With determination, Rick graduated from high school in 1995 after attending five high schools, eight primary schools and having lived in 36 houses. Richard found promise in the U.S. Army, enlisted and was a commendable soldier for ten years. He obtained numerous awards during his time in the military and served a tour of duty in Iraq in 2003-2004. From there, he returned to Texas with the desire to further his education and a personal mandate to improve the lives of those, who like him, grew up in poverty.
From his humble beginnings, Rick brings a determination and desire that is lacking in many. He has seen the terrible side of life both in Iraq and in our city streets. Rick has overcome adversity and is excelling in college and his career, not in spite of that adversity, but because of it.